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Fifteenth Street: 1918

Fifteenth Street: 1918

Washington, D.C., in 1918. "Fifteenth Street." Motoring past the Treasury Building with chains on. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

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Town Car

The car in the foreground (with one tire chain) is a 1917/18 Ford Model T Town Car, essentially a Fliver Limousine, I never understood who would buy a car with such obvious pretensions. Perhaps it was early enough in the era of motordom that simply owning an automobile was impressive enough.

A son overseas

Note the service star in the back window of that runabout.

Proof Positive ...

that our Treasury has been on a slippery slope for a long time.

Cheaped out

Looks like our friend in the back here is saving some dough. Only has a chain on one rear wheel.

Downtown D.C. 1918

No question, the people dressed better.

Seen on the Sawbuck

Which one of these guys ended up on the back of the $10 bill?

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